Atlanta police: Both officers killed in helicopter crash were fathers
The Atlanta police helicopter crashed while the officers onboard were looking for a missing boy.
November 4th, 2012
04:02 PM ET

Atlanta police: Both officers killed in helicopter crash were fathers

The Atlanta police department today identified the two officers killed in a helicopter crash last night as 48-year-old Richard Halford and 40-year-old Shawn Smiley.

Halford, who joined the force in 1986 and had been with its air unit the past 16 years, is survived by his former wife and a 21-year-old daughter. Smiley leaves behind his wife and three children - ages 5, 7 and 9 - and had joined the Atlanta police department in 2010.

The officers died when their helicopter went down while they were looking for a missing boy. Read more about the crash on

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  1. CornellWESTistheonlyBOOKweneed

    Mr. West appears to think that both candidates are the same: is Cornell simply uneducated, alienated, as so MANY
    Arabs, Africans, and Persians say exactly the same thing. Of course IF you are part of the KINGS Army then
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    November 4, 2012 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Somebody is suffering from Tourette's Keyboard.
      You shouldn't be near one.

      November 4, 2012 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    My condolences to the families of both officers.

    November 4, 2012 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  3. sean

    Whether they were fathers or not means nothing in the grand scheme of things. It doesn't make it any more or less tragic.

    November 4, 2012 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
  4. 2016thepeoplesCHOICE- Charlie Sheen

    Face it- he is the one man who truly reflects the real America- and he knows how to talk back to Banasy and dopey
    liberals, not to mention the obvious clown neocons on a pork sandwich and their fixations with NUTenyahoo...

    SEE YOU THEN !!! 🙂

    November 4, 2012 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Aw, philip, you're paying attention to me again.
      How utterly sweet.
      None of this has anything to do with the two police officers that lost their lives, but it does show exactly how ill you've become.
      I pity you.

      November 4, 2012 at 8:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • kal

      u must ejaculate on yourself daily IMPRESSIVE to u right u r

      November 5, 2012 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    You can clearly see just who huffs spray paint. The way they type, you can almost visualize the laquer running out thier noses.

    November 4, 2012 at 8:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      Jeff Frank:
      Well, both he and Charlie Sheen both share of love of cocaine and erratic behavior.
      Huffing would surprise me not one jot...

      November 4, 2012 at 8:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • kal

      U R unattractive and probably weak keep impressing YOURSELF sore loser ha ha charade U R

      November 5, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jeff Frank (R-Ohio) "Right Wing Insanity"

    tourettes keyboard. LOL About half of 'em couldn't pass a Chem10, then wonder why thier unemployed.

    November 4, 2012 at 9:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • kal

      go to LIBYA wednesday to vote that would liberate your reality-fiction

      November 5, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Todd1111111

    I hope the little brat who ran away from home got what he was looking for....

    November 4, 2012 at 10:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • kal

      The police suffered the consequences because they can

      November 5, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Cindy

    What a sad story. My prayers are with the families.

    November 5, 2012 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  9. kal

    wre they impressing THEMSELVES I do not know

    November 5, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |